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Smell that?!

Nope! Still not talking about Karl's fart machine! I'm talking about a much nicer smell. You know the one . . .

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. . . NEW CAR SMELL!

Feast your eyes on the new Burnimobile! A 2006 Chrysler Town & Country in "magnesium" with gray cloth interior. (I guess the folks at Chrysler took a break after coming up with "magnesium" and couldn't think of anything more catchy for "gray". Slackers.)

Now here's the backstory . . .

We bought our first mini-van when the kids were 4 months old. It was a 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette and it has been an excellent van for us. We've had it for 7.5 years and it really hasn't given us much trouble. It will probably run excellently for another 5 years or so, especially because of its low mileage.

But, see, here's the thing . . .

The Silhouette is paid for. It runs great. It serves my limited "get around town" needs just peachy. It's paid for. Did I mention that it's paid for? In short, there is really no reasonable reason to replace it.

I'm not always very reasonable. Heh.

I started my "new van" dreams about a year ago, even dragging John to the auto show (what kind of dude has to be dragged to an auto show?!) to see if I could get him to fall in love with a new van. It backfired a bit, though. We loved the Honda and the Chrysler vans, but John was distracted (dare I say smitten?) by the SUV's, pointing out that with the kids being older, we really didn't need a van anymore.

NOOOOOO!!!!!

Must . . . have . . . a . . . van! So I agreed to hold off for another year or two, and eventually the allure of the SUV's faded (or maybe it was the skyrocketing gas prices) and John was onboard with the van plan.

We did not wake up yesterday with any idea that we would purchase a new van by the end of the day. But a series of events, starting with Emma's Brownie leader getting sick and canceling the all-day event we had planned to attend, followed by my online discovery of Chrysler's February-only zero-percent financing offer, followed by checking various dealer inventories and finding a van equipped with the EXACT combination of features that we dreamed of, resulted in us taking a road trip up to Denver in one van, and coming home in two!

My sister and her husband will be the new owners of the Silhoutte and will pick it up later this month. I justify our enormous purchase by thinking of the good that it has done for her family as well as mine. Right? Can I just delude myself there? hee

Well I had planned to write more - merry little anecdotes about going to the grocery store on Superbowl Sunday where a thousand other people, cars, carts and various obstacles were obviously conspiring to damage or collide with my pristine new van if I didn't thwart their evil plans by parking as far away as possible. OK, yes, I'm a bit of a basket case until the newness wears off!

But a lovely phone call has just eaten away all my time and I'm now late for a Superbowl commercial party at Ev's and must fly like the wind, Bullseye!

I'll leave you with another Burnimobile collage - notice my artistic shot of myself reflected in the van's side window. Ah love! (The van, not myself!)

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TPBQOTD (It comes to this: I love Westley. I always have. I know now I always will. If you tell me I must marry you in ten days, please believe I will be dead by morning.)

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